Smilies are small graphical icons that you can insert into your messages to convey an emotion or feeling, such as a joke or embarrassment. For example, if you type a sarcastic comment, rather than write "that was a joke," you could instead insert the "wink" smilie.
If you have used email or Internet chat systems, you are probably familiar with the concept of smilies. Certain combinations of text characters are converted into smilies. For example, :) is converted into a smiling face. To understand smilie codes, tilt your head to the left and look at the text: you will see that :) represents two eyes and a smiling mouth.
In MousePad, you can use the sideways smilies only if select "Disable Smilies in This Post." If you do not select this, your sideways smilie will automatically convert into a graphical smilie face.
We have enabled smilies, which allow you to use small icons to convey emotion. You can add smilies into the content of your post in two ways:
Clickable smilies: Click on one of the smilies in the box labeled "Smilies," located to the left of your blank message box when you post a new message. Note: Clicking on a smilie icon deposits the smile at the end of your post. You can cut and paste the smilie code from the end of your post into the body of your message manually.
Manually type in smilies: Some smilies are obvious, such as the colon-closed-parenthesis combination. You can also add other smilies by hand. To find out what text vB code uses to denote smilies, select the clickable smilies into your post. Most of the nonstandard smilies use a combination of colon-description-colon.
[Added May 2003 for clarification] Using smilies from other Web sites: Many discussion forums use their own smilies. Please do not use the IMG button (the image link option) to add smilies from other Web sites. If the MousePad sentiments cannot cover the emotion you want to convey, you can either request that the admins create it, or word your post in such a way that people can understand your general sentiment, without resorting to external smilies. We ask that you do not do this because of a number of reasons, including the potential of violating the other sites' user agreement about using images from their site.
Please note that this is not a new policy. If you post smilies from other Web sites, they will be removed without warning, and replaced with a moderator's note about its removal.